Wild Iris Ridge from Bailey Hill Rd 07Jan2022

It has been pretty wet in Oregon. The snows have melted and we’ve had some crazy rain. Now we’re having our standard drizzle. I decided to try a hike that’s basically in city limits – I didn’t feel like driving that far. Also, I was looking forward to a more open hike, not quite as dense. So Wild Iris Ridge it is!

The trailhead looks a little muddy, but it was gravel the whole way. This first part is a little more rough rock, but it switches out to gravel quickly.

You can see it’s a very well-maintained path (by the city, I believe). This was definitely more open – lots of light and sky, even if it is cloudy.

Being a native Oregonian, I can tell you nothing about these berries. I did not eat any.

These berries are also a mystery. Again, no eating.

I did a little research after my hike and found a lot of heritage research companies online that would love to take my money. I did not, however, find anything on a John J. Shaddy. Whoever he was, somebody was nice enough to put in a bench to sit and chat with him.

There are a lot of things going on in this wooded area. Lots of different kinds of moss, bark, algae, etc. Makes for interesting viewing.

Speaking of fungi and algae… here’s a nice cluster!

I’m not sure what this is. I assume it’s not a strange gravesite, but instead probably an old tower base.

Itty bitty acorns.

This is a great sitting rock! There are a few benches and this rock, if you want to stop and rest or read a book.

There were two bridges – you can’t see the second one, but it’s just down the path. These were great, nonslip metal bridges that went over some very boggy ground.

Here’s the summit. I could have walked out to the middle, but there wasn’t a lot to look at, especially with the hazy gray weather. I cannot wait to see this in the spring/early summer though! This hike will be popping with flowers!

Oh hey. A water tower.

Another nice bench. This one has its back toward a residential area.

I want to call this a ghost berry.

These are not commonly green (at least, in my experience), so I had to snap a picture of them. I think the fungi has an algae problem? No matter, it’s still pretty!

Overall, this was a good hike for people who want a hike in the city. Indeed, I saw over a dozen people on this rainy day, and many of them looked like it was their regular source of exercise. If I come back, it will be to see the flowers and maybe a sunrise. I saw two groups of people with five dogs total, and not a leash to be seen. I also saw some people I know from work, which was a very nice surprise.

Time: 1:38, Distance: 3.5 miles, Elevation Gain: 657 ft

Published by aimee

It all started with my friend, Christine. She called me a Viking. It's because I like endurance sports as well as lifting heavy things. Plus, my heritage includes Norwegians... It struck a chord somewhere deep down. I suddenly liked the idea of not having to be a small, slender person. I could be strong and thick. I could have mass. I don't want to be overweight or obese, mind you. I just don't like trying to be a waif when that is very likely unattainable to me. I have muscle (under this fat). I like being strong. So this is my journey of becoming more fit and liking the fact that I will never, NEVER weigh 120 pounds.

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